#LiftTheCaps rally in memory of Claudia Lopez

claudia-svpA churro vendor, community activist, and fixture in Corona Queens, Claudia Lopez spent her life fighting for justice and respect for immigrant vendors. She sold for more than ten years without a permit and was a leader in the ongoing campaign to #LiftTheCaps on food vending permits, which have been frozen since 1983.

Tuesday, February 21 at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM 
Junction Blvd, Corona

She died of cancer on February 21, 2016, still waiting for a permit. Now, one year later, we will remember Claudia and other vendors who have died waiting for permits, due to the city’s lack of action.

Many others are still waiting. Before another month or year goes by, we will call upon the City Council and Mayor to hold a vote on the Street Vendor Modernization Act. This bill will gradually double the number of vending permits available, creating an opportunity for thousands of vendors like Claudia to legalize their small businesses and work in peace.

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